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southern california begins the big cleanup after days of relentless rain. not so lame duck. congress hands president obama a slew of legislative victories for the holidays. and road to fame. an iconic cross walk immortalized by the fab four crosses into the history books. good morning, inch.
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i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin with water log in the west. this holiday season, many in the western u.s. will likely have mud and flooded basements on their minds. in california, one holiday tradition hit a snag after qualcomm stadium was completely flooded. still, tonight's game between navy and san diego state is scheduled to be played which is
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remarkable considering those pictures. and with more on the storm, here's nbc's chris klackum. >> reporter: another round of torrential rainfall rustles residents in lagoona beach out of their beds early wednesday morning. >> it's like the heaven's opened up. just constant. didn't stop. didn't stop. >> a big mudslide came down. >> i was over there and the water started coming in. >> reporter: for a while, jeremy hess was trapped. >> there was a time where i didn't think we were going to get out. >> reporter: the business district spent hours under three feet of water. property damages will be in the tens of millions. >> all the businesses on ocean avenue. i have three friends with business there's and it is three or four feet tall. >> reporter: flooding is also a problem in san diego where rescuers are using rafts to rescue guests from a hotel. the mudslides are washing out roads.
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as the system moves inland, rains changing to snow, heavy snow that's piling up by the foot in the sierra nevada mountains. back in southern california, though, a massive cleanup has begun that will likely last as long as the storm did. >> reporter: president obama took off for hawaii late yesterday and bid farewell to washington the holidays. before he left, lawmakers delivered some early christmas treats for the president. it was a year that didn't exactly go smoothly for the white house. but it sure ended on a high note. >> reporter: he didn't call himself the come back kid but
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president obama wants himself seen as a winner since democrats got shah lacked in the november elections. >> i think it's fair to say that this has been the most productive post election period we've had in decades. >> reporter: the senate ratified the president's new start nuclear treaty with russia. 13 republicans joined democrats. the biggest obama diplomatic accomplishment and a victory for bipartisanship. >> if there's any lesson to draw from the past threw weeks is we're not doomed to endless gridlock. >> reporter: the president pushed through his tax deal with republicans. lawmakers celebrating passing the aid bill to aid 9/11 first responders. and there was celebration as the president signed the repeal of don't ask don't tell. he said he's reconsidering his opposition to gay marriage. his biggest disappointment, failing to push through the dream act to give citizenship to kids brought in legally to the u.s. and president obama admits getting a string of big wins
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will be a lot harder next year. i'm steve handlesman, nbc news, capitol hill. what a difference a few weeks can make. one of the victories president obama celebrated yesterday was the passage of the nuclear treaty with russia. last night on "hardball with chris matthews," california senator dianne feinstein spoke about how important it was to get the start treaty approved and what it does to make the world safer. >> i think this is really a significant thing. first of all, we've stood behind our president as he has negotiated a major treaty with a major power in the world. and i think it's going to be a major power that's going to be more important to america in afghanistan, with iran, with north korea. so this treaty, in addition to cutting nuclear warheads and deployed and nondeployed launch vehicles by about 30%. a number of bases in russia are cut in half from 70 to 35. we've got the verification that's necessary, the monitoring that's necessary, inspections, i think that are much more indepth and much more comprehensive than the inspections under old start. so new start is in a sense a new
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beginning in communication and cooperation with russia. >> chris matthews plays "hardball" with news makers. that's 5:00 and 7:00 eastern only on msnbc, the place for politics. and here's your first look at the other news going on around america today. in california, police are looking for two teenage girls who they say vandalized a man's elaborate christmas display. the two unaware of a home security camera dismantled most of the lights and damaged a charity donation box. police hope leads from the public will help them identify the suspects. new york city mayor michael bloomberg oversaw the installation of the survivor tree at the world trade center site. the pear tree planted back in the 1970s was recovered about a month after the september 11th attacks scorched. the snapped roots and standing only eight feet tall. it now stands 30 feet high, a
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testament to the city's unyielding spirit. and in rhode island, one resident pulled an april fools prank on the neighbors. it is a dummy on a ladder appearing to be falling while hanging christmas lights. it's so realistic some people have even stopped to help. some got a giggle. others say the hanging dummy needs to come down. and now for a look at the national at weather, we turn to todd santos with the weather channel forecast. come on. everyone is just trying to have a good time. >> yeah. you have to have good humor around christmas time. a little comic relief. >> especially when it's raining all day. >> incredible amounts. i know we start off the show with this. i have to show the numbers as of
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7:00 p.m. local last night out west, some areas of the mountains, 22 inches of rain. l.a. county mountains, 24. it's not just one or two-counties, look at these places. san diego in the city, 6.79. a few of the areas outside the metro area still upwards of 10 inches. notice the difference there in the mountains, 18 inches. the big winner there, san bernardino county mountains. so the biggest issue there has been all the cleanup that now has to go on with a lot of the rock slides and a lot of the other issues we've had. of course now we finally have a break. and that's the piece i really want to mention. across much of california, going to be a dry day. still a few clouds in place. a few sprinkles early this morning. we're setting up for a decent day for the cleanup effort that's ready to take place. once we get into sunday, we still see up level low that is part of the setup that is leading to that atmospheric river into the area. by sunday could bring in more
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showers and snow in the higher elevations. nothing close to what we just had. the same impulse, we'll track that across the country. still much of arizona dealing with rainfall. and higher elevation snowfall and certainly back in through colorado, western rockies, likely to pick up decent snow during the day time today. keep in mind, avalanche risk is relatively high across these areas, especially the peaks over 1,000 feet. this system moving through south dakota shouldn't be an issue. you see the winter weather advisories, one to three inches. not huge snowfall amounts. one warning expires in central maine at 7:00 a.m. the system pushing one little wave of snow showers. so what's already on the ground, maybe add a little less than an inch or so around boston. enough to make travel slick. keep that in mind. also really breezy conditions there. notice the temperatures this morning, 31 in boston. 32, new york. wind chills certainly feeling it through the afternoon. lynn, we'll take a close look what we can expect travelwise the next couple days coming up. stocks glow, banks bubble, and the purse races thousands for charity. your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. south korea staged the largest ever live firing drill. the exercise came a month after north korea attacked a south korean island killing four and took place just miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone that separates the two koreas. the north criticized the drills but stopped short of threatening to retaliate as it has in the past. and an election hearing officer in chicago decided former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel should be allowed to be on the february ballot for chicago mayor. his candidacy is being challenged by opponents who say he doesn't meet the one-year residency requirement. while the panel is expected to accept the officer's recommendation, the board's decision is almost sure to be challenged in the courts. researchers have apparently found evidence of a previously unknown ancient cousin of humans.
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the 30,000-year-old finger bone and a tooth were discovered in siberia. scientists say the bone is very different from early neanderthals and modern humans and is from a previously unknown species. and in london, a street crossing made famous about it beatles is designated a protected heritage site by the english government. the crossing appears on the beatles abby road album cover with john lennon, paul mccartney, george harrison and ringo star strolling across there. here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the dow opens at 11,559 after gaining 26 points yesterday. the s&p 500 was up four points. the nasdaq edged up three points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 24 points. in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 142. heading into the last day of
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trade before the christmas holiday, the nation's broadest and most diverse stock market sits in a place it hasn't been since the height of the financial crisis. the s&p 500 climbed above 1,255. that's where it closed days after lehman filed for bankruptcy two years ago. it's up 12.9% led by a remarkable 6.6% gain this month alone. with the numbers coming back, so is the confidence. volatility index, wall street's fear gauge, fell to the lowest closing level in 2 1/2 years. fittingly, bank stocks led the way. bank of america was up over 3% and jp morgan chase was under 3%. one index of stock in regional banks was up 3.7% and a whopping 19.4% for the month. economic data is also consistently looking up. the government said wednesday the economy grew faster than previously thought over the summer. and sales of previously occupied homes rose 5.6% last month. even holiday shoppers are looking up. figures show retail revenue up by .5% during this year's last weekend before christmas compared to down 6.2% last year.
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elsewhere, political he could reports halliburton will pay $35 million to nigerian government to settle a bribery case that included charged filed against former vice president dick cheney. and finally, the purse panama city school board member used to smack a gunman sold on ebay last night for just over $13,000. and the handbag's maker matched the bid. all of it going to a charity run by hero security guard mike jones. that donates bikes and toys to needy children. a good way to end that. in sports, larry brown is the only coach to lead his team to an nba and ncaa championship.
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but the 70-year-old is hanging up his whistle in charlotte. here's nbc's mario solis. good morning. forgive me if you heard this before. larry brown is done coaching. the hall of famer who always seems to leave his teams mid season has done it again. he stepped down as the bobcats head coach after a dismal start. the celtics won their 14th in the row. off the turnover, paul pierce scores. boston up 84-80. sixers with a chance in the final seconds. the shot is blocked by kevin
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garnett. celtics win this one. spurs and nuggets, the nasty 360 spin and lay-up. for denver, it is not over. gary neil leading the way for san antonio. who? yeah, gary neil scoring 22 including 10 straight in the fourth quarter. spurs won nine straight, 84-80. ever wonder why the wizards are the worst team in the east? here's proof. the easy lay-up. well, easy for me to say. on the flip side, the bulls are one of the best. derrick rose with a stutter step and bucket. that is as good as it gets. bulls win 87-80. hockey, it's hard not to love number 87 when he's playing like this. sidney crosby unleashing a rocket in the first period against the panthers. that brings the scoring streak to a remarkable 22 games. pens win 5-2. college football, you can add another honor to cam newton's resume. the auburn quarterback won the ap player of the year award collecting 51 of the 60 votes. at one point boise state was on a fast track to a bcs bid. instead, they have to settle for a makeup bowl. doug martin gives them the lead with an 84-yard score. they win big in las vegas, 26-3. and that's your first look at sports. coming up, is mr. spielberg
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going to washington? plus, the latest subject of diplomatic u.s. cables leaked by wikileaks is anna nicole smith. your first look at entertainment is ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. i like tacos. you invited eric? i thought eric gave you the creeps. [ phone buzzes ] oh. [ chuckles ] yeah. hey. [ male announcer ] don't be left behind. get it first with at&t. the nation's fastest mobile broadband network. period. rethink possible.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. are you ready? hopefully santa is. 24 hours from now north pole, alaska, will be sending him off and our reporter is live outside santa's house in the north pole. hopefully putting in a good word for us. right, bob? >> reporter: yeah. if you've been nice, i'm sure you're on the good list. merry christmas. good morning to you, lynn. you can feel something magical is about to happen in the north pole, something starring a jolly old elf and rudolph and his tiny reindeer as it turns out are not that tiny at all. sometimes even the fastest animals in the world have to take it slow. dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, comet, cupid, donner, blitzen, all resting for what in 24 hours will be the maddest dash around the world. it's to a sleigh helping the jolliest guy in the world deliver on the countless toy requests pouring into the remote town of north pole, alaska. >> until you get out here, you have no clue. >> reporter: the u.s. postal service has been receiving 30,000 to 40,000 letters to santa each week. >> you get anywhere people looking for a home computer down
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to as little thing as a toy for their puppy. >> reporter: all 5-year-old cassidy wants this christmas is proof. >> feel this. pull it. pull it. is that real? >> yes, but -- >> reporter: all santa wants is another sleigh to replace the old one out front. wish granted. >> i got a new one this year. i'm telling you. with gps, hot chocolate, the whole nine yards. >> reporter: hey, lynn, i need to do house keeping. i have one of santa's helpers. hey skittles, want to go over the list, your boss's list for flight. toys? >> check. >> reporter: reindeer food? >> check. >> reporter: reindeer reigns? >> check. >> reporter: maps to all the houses? >> check. listen, dude, we got it. everything is under control. >> reporter: you heard from the
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man himself, lynn, it sounds like christmas is definitely going to happen. >> they have it under control. didn't you hear him? >> reporter: what's up with the attitude? >> exactly. >> reporter: usually when someone gives me attitude, i confront him. but he's at least 3'2. i don't want to end up in the hospital. >> you also don't want to end up with coal in your stocking there, bob. >> reporter: i think i'm most worried about hypothermia. negative 39. >> wow! >> reporter: thank goodness it's not negative 40. >> wow, bob. definitely struggling there. have a great merry christmas and send in a good word for all of us here. take care. >> i will. it is time for your entertainment news. steven spielberg will not become the wizard behind the curtain. orchestrating nancy pelosi's moves in congress. "the washington post" reported yesterday that pelosi had turned
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to the hollywood heavyweight for help in her attempt to rebrand house democrats so thoroughly thrashed in the midterm elections. spielberg's spokesman was quick to turn around a statement of denial saying he has made it his career to direct actors, not political figures. so there you go. all right. no joke, no gimmick. marvel comics announced wednesday that one member of the fantastic four either mr. fantastic, invisible woman, human torch or the thing will die next month in issue 587. gasp. finally, the late anna nicole smith made wikileaks. that's right, wikileaks. the 2006 diplomatic document published by england's guardian newspaper shows actor smith was granted an usually swift residency in the bahamas and scandal followed. cable washington quote not since category 4 hurricane betsy made land fall in 1965 has one woman done as much damage in nassau.
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bizarre. here's todd santos with the weather channel forecast. we know how it is in the north pole there. >> i think bob just earned weather channel jacket for that one. i mean he needs serious gear. >> exactly. >> nothing anywhere close to that, at least across the lower 48 this morning. certainly cold temperatures in the dakotas and in many cases single digits. i want to point out the brightest spot on the whole u.s. there it is. l.a. 61 with sunshine. thankfully after all the huge rainfall, of course in this case we're dealing with a lot of cleanup. that is likely to last well past the christmas holiday. san francisco also coming in
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quiet though. we'll be dealing with that rain, especially extending through northern arizona and eastward. but as far as texas is concerned, i mentioned showers developing there ahead of a warm front. not so much dallas-ft. worth. better chances to junction and abilene. so certainly keep those areas in mind. northeast is windy. will feel colder than 37 in boston. again, we'll deal with a few light snow showers. once we get into late afternoon, that should start to diminish again with the showers moving in really from the northwest to the southeast. so, again, kind of a back edge of a system out there. there's a look at friday. boston clears out nicely. winds start to settle down. same with new york. also for the gusty winds. that may be the one thing that could slow down air travel. 31 in chicago. dallas, though, finally gets into the showers and thunderstorms for friday. same story down near houston. at least for one more day again still looking beautiful through much of florida. chicago with a few clouds. again, extending back through kansas city. we'll be dealing with snow showers. part of that is some of that impulse, again, california storm moving east. >> still there. all right, todd. thanks so much. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. keep it right here, morning joe is coming up at 6:00 eastern.
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